Filipino 🇵🇭 Manila Bulletin columnist 📰 Disclaimer: Opinions are my own, and not of the paper, family, friends, pets, or affiliations (real or imagined)
Sep 29, 2018 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
When I worked in an agency, it was usual to hear folks to say they’re sick and tired of the daily grind. And that they look for something new to do, something less about self and more about others.
And so they ask or look around for non-profits and advocacy groups to volunteer for. Others form new ones together with their best buds. Amazing acts of kindness and civic duties. Some go to cancer wards. Others go to indigenous peoples.
Sep 28, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Starting October 1, I will compile names and workplaces of those who verbally threaten me or use hate speech against me. I will write their employers, complete with screencaps of their threats, irresponsible and abusive statements.
Depending on the situation, I will inquire with my lawyers if civil or criminal suits could be filed, and demand moral and actual damages.
Sep 21, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Today in Duterteland:
Ahead of #NeverAgain rally, regime orders lockdown of Luneta, named after freedom fighter Rizal.
Country’s largest freedom park closed to squeeze and harass the United People’s Action rally.
Millions wasted for unnecessary police presence.
Unlike last year, several jeepney routes were also shut down in an apparent PNP effort to pit commuters and motorists against the rallyists.
PNP also stopped, delayed and harassed protesters from Bicol.
Remember Ilonggo protests at a Duterte event and how they foiled a Marcos party in their city?
Remember Lumads who resist Duterte’s bloody sellout of their land?
Remember Moros furious over Duterte’s destruction of Marawi?
Our kababayans in Visayas & Mindanao can’t be fooled.
Remember the protests in Aklan over the dictatorial closure of Boracay?
Remember how Cebuanos stand up to tyrannical orders from Manila regarding EJKs?
Our kababayans in Visayas and Mindanao are a part of our movement against tyranny and dictatorship.
Sep 9, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
I used to “edit” other people’s names which I thought were spelled the wrong way. Names with an extra “h” after the first letter, names obviously misspelled.
But as I knew more, met more people, went places, I discovered it was really a bad idea.
We just can’t “edit” names.
I was just doing the editing in my mind. I used to ask “why do they have such misspelled names?”.
I would discover how parents would pick names for their kids. How they add their names, names of fri NDs, their experiences, and other magical stuff until they make a final choice.
Sep 8, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Reminder: Whether you support the president or not, inflation is real. You’d feel it sa palengke, grocery, pamasahe.
There is no special reduced inflation rate if you’re DDS and refuse to believe.
The “best president in the solar system” owns this “achievement” of causing the highest inflation rate in 9 years. This was caused mainly by the Dutertax TRAIN.
Tapang at malasakit: Tapang ng mukha magpataw ng buwis sa taumbayan, malasakit para sa lalong yumaman na oligarchs.
Sep 7, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
JUST IN: Unified Employees of Alorica today filed the first-ever Notice of Strike by BPO workers in the Philippines
“The Alorica and West management has left us with no choice but to wage a strike. We have exhausted all efforts to resolve our issues through constructive means and social dialogue,” said UEA union president Sarah Preztoza.
Sep 5, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
The Senate as a body has not taken action to deplore the dictatorial edict against Trillanes.
All Sotto could say is that Trillanes cannot be arrested in the premises of the Senate.
This is how the Senate would abolish itself: by not standing up to Duterte.
Many senators face or faced various issues. Some of these issues reached the courts. Duterte can also do to them what he is doing to @TrillanesSonny and what he has done to @SenLeiladeLima.
Aug 21, 2018 • 20 tweets • 4 min read
Honoring #NinoyAquino: a thread
In the same way that history books elevate traitors at the expense of Andres Bonifacio, an ongoing campaign of historical revisionism exalts dictatorship by demonizing Ninoy Aquino and other freedom-fighters.
Aug 19, 2018 • 10 tweets • 5 min read
I think all of us would agree: Every worker or employee should be safe at work, and protected from accident and harm. Workplaces should be safe.
Let’s ask the President to sign the OSH Bill into law. #SafeWorkplacesNow
Don’t forget the 72 slipper-makers who died at the Kentex factory fire
Atenean families or La Sallian clans won’t give up their tradition of sending kids to Ateneo or La Salle. Also true with alumni of other Catholic and other private schools. They’d continue their family traditions.
CEAP should stop fearmongering against free education in SUCs.
Catholic schools’ alumni continue to pour money and other donations to their alma mater. Complete with naming rights.
This is on top of the escalating tuition and other school fees they collect from parents and students.
Aug 18, 2018 • 8 tweets • 1 min read
Kung galing ka sa pamilyang mahirap o lower middle class — napuputulan minsan ng kuryente’t tubig, tipid sa pamasahe’t baon, hand-me-down o ukay ang mga damit, pudpod ang sapatos, manggagawa/magsasaka ang magulang:
Ikaw/kayo ang may pinakamalaking stake sa totohanang pagbabago
Pero lalong higit yung walang-wala, pinagkakaitan, inaalipin pero sinisisi: mga manggagawa at magsasaka. Maniwala kayo: Nasa kamay niyo ang pagbabago.
Answer: Nasa Duterte-Arroyo-Marcos regime
Aug 16, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
LOOK: Duterte’s possible future cell in Scheveningen Prison, The Hague. This is the detention center for those charged before the ICC for crimes against humanity.
Past and current inmates: Slobodan Milošević and Radovan Karadžić of the former Yugoslavia, Liberia’s Charles Taylor
Formally called the United Nations Detention Unit (UNDU), Scheveningen Prison is a UN-administered jail. It was established in 1993 as part of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
Aug 9, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
MUST-READ: Statement from the underground revolutionary teachers' group KAGUMA
"One is neither born an NPA nor brainwashed to become one. A person decides to be an NPA because of the dire conditions in Philippine society and the desire to precisely change these conditions."
More: "As revolutionary teachers, we in KAGUMA own up to our duty to correct Duterte’s impoverished understanding of our revolutionary history as a colonized people whose rights are severely violated by corrupt and murderous pro-imperialist puppets and bureaucrats like himself."
Aug 6, 2018 • 17 tweets • 2 min read
Magandang umaga. May ikukwento sana ako sa nangyari sa akin kahapon.
Di ako masyadong nakatulog nung Sunday night, dahil may flight ako ng 7:55 am. Takot ako na magising nang late at maipit ng Tugade traffic.
Aug 5, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
IMHO, sinasadya ni ASec. @MochaUson yung video nila ng amuyong nya, at objective nila na manggalit para yung magagalit ang magpaviral ng video. That way, naipoposisyon sya as “federalism thought-leader”, however wrong her thoughts about it.
Alam na alam ni ASec. Uson kung anong buttons ang pipindutin para mapaliyab ang galit ng kritiko nila ni PRRD.
Dapat maghanap tayo ng ibang paraan, ibang response, ibang taktika, ibang strategy.
Jul 30, 2018 • 11 tweets • 7 min read
THREAD: How to help #NutriAsia workers — amid brutal PNP attacks, management’s PR offensives, and Mr. Joselito Campos’ arrogant refusal to regularize workers
First, support the #NutriAsia workers’ strike against illegal termination and contractualization.
Folks who read have lots of material and examples to tap, so that when they themselves write, post or tweet — we are often impressed. So please read, and read widely.
It is not true that Pinoys don’t read. We do. From FAQs to long posts, we read them all. We read chismis and updates about celebrities in sports, entertainment and politics. We have lots of people who read short novels too. That’s a good start.
Jul 24, 2018 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
Who is this “we”? I think this question is important.
Fact are: Citizens properly sued Arroyo, Estrada, Marcos. Citizens toppled two of them, and rejected Arroyo’s chosen successor.
The system failed the citizens by refusing to hold these leaders to account.
In the case of Estrada, citizens sued and proved plunder in court. But Arroyo, with egging from trapos, granted clemency — allowing Estrada’s political restoration.
Jul 23, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Pantaleon Alvarez may be humiliated before the joint session, high government officials, oligarchs and the nation. He may be asked to come down from the podium, and let GMA sit as House speaker. Alvarez should blame Inday Sara for this.
Duterte tightens grip on House of Representatives with the election of GMA, and the ejection of Pantaleon Alvarez who has crossed swords with the president's daughter.